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Legislation, agencies and the implementation gap
David Brown

, with the Lisbon Treaty still not accepted by all member states, but also the past record with regard to much more limited amending protocols, it remains to be seen whether the EU will meet its stated deadline of January 2010 for converting the legal base of the agency. A brief look at the 2004 Plan of Action on Combating Terrorism – particularly in the central area of ‘maximising capacity within EU bodies and member states to detect, investigate and prosecute terrorists and prevent terrorist attacks’ – shows the scale of the problem that confronted the EU solely in

in The European Union, counter terrorism and police co-operation, 1992–2007
Kai Oppermann and Klaus Brummer

Samy 2008 ). Qualitative comparative works, in turn, have explored, for example, the quality and pace of implementing EU legislation (Haverland 2000 ) and domestic ratification processes of European treaties (Stoiber and Thurner 2000 ) across different EU member states. More specifically, Finke et al. ( 2012 ) have employed veto player perspectives to provide an in-depth analysis of the workings of the 2001–2003 European Convention and the negotiation and ratification of the Lisbon Treaty. Most notably, veto player approaches provide a

in Foreign policy as public policy?